Well, as you know, "Casper" was evicted several years ago and hasn't returned... :)
Well, "Casper" has friends.
The neighborhood in which we live used to be a prisoner of war camp (World War II) and many of the residents have reported less tangible house guests for many years. I don't know that any of these guests are actual deceased prisoner's of war - I don't know the whole story.
Any way, we have had several guests visit our house over the past several months. For the most part they have been completely harmless - yet extremely annoying.
Lucy has reported that the door bell rings when she is home by herself and sometimes hears voices. I know. CREEPY.
Allisa has heard someone calling her name when she has been sleeping.
When I play the piano there are about 2 or 3 visitors who hang out in the Living Room.
It's not an every day occurrence. Yet it happens often enough that we are aware of their presence almost the instant they are there. We can also tell if they are benign or if they intend to cause harm.
Victor and I were both physically attacked about a year or so ago. Not such a fun experience. Actually quite frightening. Aislyn and I both felt an evil presence in the middle of the night when Victor was out of town and she ran into my room and we prayed to have it go away.
The activity seems to increase as we strive harder to keep the commandments and do those things that are pleasing to our Heavenly Father. Prayer has always been our companion and when we pray we know that Heavenly Father sends his angels to protect us and to keep evil from entering our home.
Last week the activity was just about every day. Victor and I discussed the situation on Sunday and I know that we both prayed to have these unwanted guests removed from our home. There hasn't been any activity since Sunday.
I am often puzzled as to why our family is constantly in the midst of this kind of activity and if it will ever stop. It disturbs me a little and I wonder if there is anything that we could be doing that would make it stop forever. Or do we continue to live with this and just know that it is a part of our life?
I do know that there is nothing on this earth that could persuade us to abandon our beliefs or values or presuade us to compromise the covenants we have made. There is nothing that would make me want to forsake the blessings of the gospel. There is nothing that is of greater value than those blessings.